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Grapevine still closed; snow reported during rush-hour commute

February 27, 2012 |  5:47 pm

Traffic slows to a crawl for one of the last groups of vehicles to get across the Grapevine near Gorman

The Grapevine continued to be closed because of snow during the Monday-evening rush-hour commute as the California Highway Patrol reported rain and snow on roadways across Southern California.

Rain and light snow were reported Monday afternoon at the junction of the 210 and 605 freeways near Duarte, according to the CHP. Heavy rain was also reported on the 110 Freeway in Pasadena.

The CHP reported snow and hail along the Angeles Crest Highway in the San Gabriel Mountains.

In the San Bernardino National Forest, heavy snow was reported in Snow Valley, according to the CHP.  The agency said chains were required from State Route 330 to Big Bear Dam.

In the Grapevine area, Interstate 5 was closed from four miles north of Lake Hughes Road to Laval Road in Kern County, the CHP said. It was unclear when the major north-south artery would reopen.

The National Weather Service said the wet, cold weather was being caused by a winter storm expected to last into Monday night. Snow was expected to fall as low as 2,500 feet. The agency said 6 to 12 inches of snow cold fall at elevations above 5,000 feet.


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Photo: Traffic slowed to a crawl for one of the last groups of vehicles to get across the Grapevine near Gorman on Monday afternoon before both directions of the freeway were closed by the CHP. Credit: John Arthur / Bakersfield Californian